The Big Gamble

Stay up-to-date with NEPR's local reporting on casinos and gambling, and its impact on the region.

A gambler plays a slot machine at MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican / Masslive.com/photos

Gaming revenue at MGM Springfield last month was the lowest it’s been since opening, according to figures released Friday from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Cathy Judd-Stein is the new chairwoman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The new boss at the Massachusetts Gaming commission chairs her first meeting this week with no shortage of issues to tackle.

Quyen Truong still gets a cozy feeling when she sees a hand of cards.

It reminds her of family and traditions as a refugee from Vietnam who arrived in the U.S. in late 1990. Aunts, uncles and cousins in Connecticut — among the Southeast Asian refugees who resettled here in waves after the Vietnam War — would get together on weekends with rolls of quarters, nickels, pennies and dimes.

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